Transcript of James Comey Joint Session Deposition To Congress (pdf embed)…

Here’s the transcript (full pdf below) of the December 7th, 2018, deposition of former FBI Director James Comey to the joint house committee headed by Trey Gowdy and Bob Goodlatte:

(Oversight pdf linkscribd pdf link)

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220 Responses to Transcript of James Comey Joint Session Deposition To Congress (pdf embed)…

  1. wyntre says:

    41-tweet summation (so far) by draw and strike.

    Some good observations.

    Liked by 7 people

    • chojun says:

      Brian’s analysis tends to be a bit optimistic but I think he’s going in the right direction in it.

      I think Comey’s plan to implement “the buck stops elsewhere” was to point the finger at Priestap. This may be the reason why Priestap flipped. Why should Priestap take the knife in the gut when Comey is the one who should be on the hook for all of it?

      I’m hopeful that the questions that were asked of Comey were all informed by testimony and help from Priestap. Comey may have perjured himself multiple times.

      At any rate, these people tend to be slick like a wet bar of soap but one thing’s clear from his most recent testimony – the original FISA applications exploded in a ball of fire yesterday. I hope the FISC can press for criminal proceedings to come from all of this.

      Liked by 3 people

    • wyntre- THANKS for posting. This is just great.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Jambo says:

    Implausible deniability.

    Doesn’t know what collusion means, never heard the term in his entire career.


    Liked by 6 people

  3. patrickhenrycensored says:

    I don’t know.
    I can’t remember.
    But what I do or can, I can’t or won’t talk about.

    Liked by 3 people

  4. cripto says:

    What an eyeopener to read this testimony this (my morning) with a cup of Joe and a bowl pf dumplings. I read it all and all only make a few observations as others will pick it apart (and they get paid to do so).

    Despite all the little quibbles amongst the chattering classes about why Comey was fired, as the President likes to say, he is a dumb as a box of rocks or very good at imitating said box. A confirmation of the Peter Principle.

    Between all the shuck and jive ‘I don’t know nothin’ it becomes painfully clear he had no control over the FBI, his staff, or his memory. His tenure deserves one of those Spring break videos, ‘FBI agents go wild’ XXX-rated. I have to say, it was entertaining in a dark sort of way.

    Gowdy and Ratcliffe with assists from Meadows and Jordan, took the piss with Comey and his equally IQ challenged counsel. Very enjoyable. They both needed a nap.

    Some of the best bits were when the Dems came up to bat. Comey woke up, and came out from behind the curtains and became quite chatty. Lots of juicy slips there and the Dems always reveal where they are going, though they need a gaggle to repeat the same things. I think rout memorisation will help them when they en masse start to study Mandarin.

    So eat, drink and read…it’s a gas.

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    • mr.piddles says:

      “he is a dumb as a box of rocks or very good at imitating said box”

      He plays Mr. Dummy when it suits him. And he plays Mr. Smart Guy when it suits him. In between he give you a lot of… “oh jeez, Lordy, I don’t know if I can answer that because… gee wiz, Wally, I wasn’t sure who worked for me and why and what documents were what” etc. etc. My take of him, anyway. Slippery. But not even good at being slippery. Just go watch his various post-Director interviews.

      Liked by 3 people

  5. beach lover says:

    Gee I never imagined the Director of the FBI to be so uninvolved in anything of substance! WTH was his job?

    Liked by 6 people

    • distracted2 says:

      He was a figure head. He was the director in name only. He spent his time traveling making speeches, and apparently attempting to recruit other like-minded men and women in an attempt to maintain the status quo.

      The deep state is in control of everything.

      Liked by 2 people

      • beach lover says:

        I was being sarcastic. He knew everything that was going on with the Clinton investigation. OF COURSE he knew! How can anyone think something of this importance to the then President of the US and the FUTURE President of the US was some low level investigations brought up by underlings and he was, as he is in everything .. floating head and shoulders above it all.

        I call BS. His answers to any Rep. is garbled mush mouthed nonsense , but his answers to Dims are clear and concise. He covers his arse very well for them. And his animus against President Trump is palpable.


        • distracted2 says:

          Yes, of course he knew. At least he knew what he wanted to know. They have intentionally created an environment for plausible deniability.

          That said, he has stated that his job description is such that he is out of the day-to-day activity much of the time doing the PR business of the FBI.


  6. ForGodandCountry says:

    And right off the bat, Gowdy rushes in to protect the scheme(rs).



    Liked by 1 person

  7. Clara says:

    Comey is a sociopath. As such, you will never get a truthful answer from him. His art is the art of deception. He thinks he is very good at it. He thinks you think he is very good at it. It is all a game to him. There is no reforming him. He will never be sorry for anything he has done. He is not capable of feeling any true empathy for any other human being. He is sick. There is no cure.

    Liked by 8 people

  8. Tiny tim says:

    Read it all. Page 122 it was agreed to not talk about or ask anything classified.

    Comey can’t remember anything. Yada yada..

    Liked by 2 people

  9. Craig from Scotland says:

    Comey states numerous times no knowledge of Russian counterintelligence investigation, how and why it was started, by whom etc…

    Then at page 96, Comey states this –
    “That’s the way we treated the Russian counterintelligence investigations [plural]. We opened ‘them’ in late July, didn’t know whether we had anything. In fact, when I was fired as director, I still didn’t know whether there was anything to it.”

    Republican questions he claims no knowledge whatsoever, Dimocrats questions he claims knowledge of ‘them’ but also lets slip there is no there, there.
    This guy is soo slippery it’s unbelievable.

    Liked by 4 people

    • mr.piddles says:

      And don’t forget he had no knowledge of what was in the “initiation document”, who drafted it, who signed off, etc. etc. Because.. get this… that process happened several layers below him, etc. Right. The targets are members or associates of a PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN. He thinks we’re all idiots. Not to mention a bunch of Congresspersons. James B. Comey lives in his own head.

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      • Craig from Scotland says:

        Page 138
        “Comey – Not that I’m aware of. I’m sure there was lots of effort to figure out what the heck was going on with the Russians because we saw their effort blossom in the middle of June. But I’m not aware of any information before that at the end of July about the possibility that Americans were working with the Russians.”

        Comey Reference: ‘Middle of June’

        June 12, 2016 – Assange declares HRC related emails to be released.
        June 14, 2016 – DNC claim servers hacked. Russia / Trump motive re WaPo article.
        June 20, 2016 – Christopher David Steele sends first memo working on behalf of DNC.

        Complete FBI political hit job and lyin Comey knows it.

        Liked by 4 people

    • Zorro says:

      “This guy is soo slippery it’s unbelievable.”

      Comey has the new copper (pun intended) ceramic finish.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Doug Amos says:

    Gowdy is still batting 1,000. As Tommy Lasorda said, he couldn’t hit the water if he fell out of a boat.

    Liked by 2 people

  11. jambo says:

    Re Christopher Steele
    Gowdy: When did you learn he was working for Fusion GPS
    Comey: I didn’t Know that….
    Gowdy: Who did you think he was working for?
    Comey: I thought he was retained as part of a Republican financed effort retained by Republicans adverse to Mr.Trump during the primary season, and then his work was underwritten after that by Democrats opposed to Mr.Trump during the general election season.

    I may be wrong but that arrangement appears to describe the financing of Fusion GPS, not Christopher Steele.

    Wash Free Beacon – “:All of the work that Fusion GPS provided to the Free Beacon was based on public sources, and none of the work product that the Free Beacon received appears in the Steele dossier. The Free Beacon had no knowledge of or connection to the Steele dossier, did not pay for the dossier, and never had contact with, knowledge of, or provided payment for any work performed by Christopher Steele.”

    “I thought he was retained as part of a Republican financed effort retained by Republicans adverse to Mr.Trump during the primary season”

    Fusion GPS certainly were but Steele wasn’t. Comey describes the financing of Fusion but says that he didn’t know Steele was working for them?

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    • Craig from Scotland says:

      Page 125 through 126 –

      Ratcliffe: All right. And do you know when Christopher Steele was terminated as a source for the FBI?
      Comey: I don’t. And I don’t know for a fact that he was terminated.

      Wot the hell !!!
      This guy is from another planet !!
      FBI own records from the time….

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      • jambo says:

        Comey’s defence is that he was utterly incompetent as FBI Director, had staff that never told him anything of importance and has zero interest in whatever was going on beneath him.

        Doesn’t really remember reviewing and signing of on a FISA warrant on a Trump campaign worker than would enable surveillance of a Presidential campaign and the subsequent Presidency.

        Didn;t care what was in it, no interest, no recall, just flicked the pages a bit, signed it and had a snooze.

        When the primary source of information for the warrant to spy on the President was fired as an FBI source less than two weeks later nobody even mentioned it to him.

        Liked by 3 people

      • mj_inOC says:

        And Comey’s grammar is horrible too… showing his panic and lies.


  12. jambo says:

    On a lighter note:

    Mr. Gowdy.No, no, no, yesterday was not Tuesday.
    Mr. Comey.Oh, see, I didn’t even know that. Yeah.

    Liked by 2 people

  13. Zorro says:

    These Demosocialists are brilliant. The most brilliant people the world has ever known, except when questioned by congressional oversight. (See Clinton, Hillary; Comey, James; Strzok, Peter …)

    Liked by 3 people

  14. Craig from Scotland says:

    Pages 134 to 138 are interesting.
    Mark Meadows rounds on Comey and gets some info but Comey constant ‘I don’t know, not sure’.
    Four (4) counterintelligence investigations were opened on folk who just so happen to be Trump campaign associates but according to Comey they were not investigating the Trump campaign.
    The Papadop and Ambassador stuff again.
    Why four counterintelligence investigations opened simultaneously is not addressed.

    Liked by 2 people

    • jambo says:

      “Baker was interviewed by lawmakers behind closed doors on Wednesday. Sources declined to divulge much about his testimony, other than to say it confirmed other evidence about the contact between the Perkins Coie law firm and the FBI.

      The sources said Baker identified lawyer Michael Sussman, a former DOJ lawyer, as the Perkins Coie attorney who reached out to him and said the firm gave him documents and a thumb drive related to Russian interference in the election, hacking and possible Trump connections.

      Information gathered separately by another congressional committee indicate the contact occurred in September, the month before the FISA warrant was approved.”

      FBI General Counsel Baker apparently didn’t think to mention that to his Director Comey.

      Be interesting to get Baker under oath and ask him about it.

      Liked by 1 person

  15. Bluecaper says:

    My sense is that both sides are participating in this to lay their predicate for the impeachment hearings.


  16. Republicanvet91 says:

    Little Jimmy can’t remember much about Hillary or what she said publicly, but he can remember in detail issues surrounding Muh Russia! and what POTUS may have said publicly.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Comrade Mope says:

    Page 23 to top of 24
    “Mr. Gowdy. Okay. We’ll go with that. Late July of 2016, the FBI did, in fact, open a counterintelligence investigation into, is it fair to say the Trump campaign or Donald Trump himself?
    Mr. Comey. It’s not fair to say either of those things, in my recollection. We opened investigations on four Americans to see if there was any connection between those four Americans and the Russian interference effort. And those four Americans did not include the candidate.”

    Then page 69

    “Mr. Comey. To the extent it echoes the lies and the smears from the President, it simply increases the chances that the Department of Justice and the FBI’s credibility will be undermined. I’m a big fan of oversight and truth-seeking, but when people veer from truth-seeking into trying to find any excuse to bad-mouth an organization that’s investigating the President, we’ve lost our way.”

    The candidate was not under investigation but the president is/was. The NSC was opened in July of 2016. Somehow it is purported to evolved from 4 individuals during the campaign to the president, including the time while president-elect. There is another investigation ongoing that is criminal in nature, but conflating the two investigations is what is keeping this charade alive.

    Liked by 2 people

  18. CopperTop says:


    121 Mr. Ratcliffe. Mr. Comey, do you recall that you signed a FISA application on October 21st, 2016, relating to Carter Page?

    Mr. Comey. I don’t recall the date. I do remember signing such a FISA in October. Mr. Ratcliffe. Would you have reviewed the FISA application before you signed it? Mr. Comey. Yes.

    Mr. Ratcliffe. Do you recall that the FISA application would have been titled — or was titled “verified application”?

    Mr. Comey. No, I don’t recall that.
    Mr. Ratcliffe. Don’t all FISA applications state that they are verified applications?

    Mr. Comey. I don’t know. I don’t — sitting here today, I can’t remember the word “verified.” Mr. Ratcliffe. What did the FISA application that you signed on October 21st of 2016, aver in terms of probable cause for a warrant on Carter Page

    Liked by 1 person

  19. CopperTop says:

    Lot of good stuff 130 and where a bouts…on if a DOJ atty should be a conduit of info on a FISC application.

    Liked by 2 people

  20. CopperTop says:

    I just particularly like this: When asked if getting testimony for lesser jail time is something he has experience with and if it’s a good practice.

    Mr. Comey. That’s how we make mob cases, terrorism cases, child abuse cases, drug cases, kidnapping cases. It’s essential to the workings of our criminal justice system.

    TRANSLATION: and now against political opponents TOO!!!!

    When SD brings up the institution the uniparty is protecting again in his analysis…it will to point out the corruption on the uniparty and led to site the importance of the institutions ability to FLIP…like it can’t be abused/misused. GAG

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  21. jambo says:

    Comey met with President Trump and had the Flynn ‘let this go’ convo on 14th Feb.

    When asked why he didn’t tell AG Sessions.

    “We believed that the Attorney General, Mr. Sessions, was on the cusp of recusing himself from anything related to Russia,”

    Over two weeks before said recusal. That’s some great foresight.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Right to reply says:

      That was a very important remark. Sessions should now be called to ask when he first began thinking of recusal

      Liked by 2 people

    • beach lover says:

      “We believed that the Attorney General, Mr. Sessions, was on the cusp of recusing himself from anything related to Russia,”

      yeah.. I wish they would have drilled him on that comment, too. They were conspiring to get Sessions to recuse. How could he have known 2 weeks prior that he would? It was a plot pure and simple, to get Trump.


  22. CopperTop says:

    Here we go again: UK/Ausie participation at the govt level stinks like crazy. Even Comey wants to make clear where some info trail began.

    Comey decides to refer to information rec’d about GPapa…as coming from an ‘allied’ nation.

    He gets specific on the term allied without a care in the world. Why is that do you think??
    “I think the 31st is too late, but the last week of July — when we received information from an allied nation about the conversations their ambassador had in England with George Papadopoulos.”


  23. Sayit2016 says:

    well… One thing is clear to me. President Trump had every right and reason to fire Comey. From his testimony he doesn’t know anything about anything.

    I don’t know maybe he hasn’t read any of the release documents so he has deniability.

    So the question begs, how is it that we at the conservative Treehouse know more about what happened under his watch at the FBI than he does

    This is some s*** circus.

    Liked by 4 people

  24. Von Henry says:

    Haven’t read it yet, but let me guess what happened:

    Comey pretended to be naive about how the investigation was allowed to happen, then he got animated when it came to Russian interference where he transformed into Captain America.

    It’ll be a repeat of when he first testified at that public hearing.

    Am I spot on?


  25. CopperTop says:

    p 158 (after answering he has not spoke to anyone in the SC, RR, or even Herr Mueller or even Jeff Session since being fired!) to his question about Congress stepping on SC toes…

    Comey: “But what I meant by the second one is special counsel’s investigation is going to be ongoing,”

    HOW THE HECK DO YOU KNOW IT’s ‘GOING TO BE ONGOING’???? if you are not speaking with ANYONE From SC.

    (and I willl B$ATCH slap anyone who says he must be talking to Q instead of …THERE HE GOES LYING AGAIN TO CONGRESS)

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  26. CopperTop says:

    And last but not least tonight p 162:

    r. Deutch. Did President Obama or anyone in his administration ever make a demand or a request the FBI or DOJ infiltrate or surveil the Trump campaign? Mr. Comey. No, not to my knowledge.

    Small group STILL offering Brennan as sacrificial lamb…with the ‘not to my knowledge’ on things that went on in the broader administration.


  27. lionslover says:

    And so only one thing is important here, DOES any of this bring any of these criminals to justice? I think not and I doubt many others here do either. In fact, I think all this crap does is just cause more pain to us law-abiding folks because we see more and more of this deep state and have to face that NONE of them will actually be brought to justice.

    Really, anyone here still believe or holding on to some hope that these criminals will be walked out in handcuffs in the future? THEY GOT AWAY WITH IT, face it.


  28. spoogels says:

    Well, the reason I ask general — Director
    Comey, is, there was another Chief Executive who referred to an
    ongoing criminal matter by saying she made a mistake, and she
    lacked criminal intent. Did you view that as potentially
    obstruction of justice?

    Mr. Comey. Talking about President Obama now?

    Mr. Gowdy. Yes.

    Mr. Comey. I didn’t see it as — through the lens of
    obstruction of justice. I saw it as threatening our ability to
    credibly complete the investigation.

    Mr. Gowdy. In what way?

    Mr. Comey. The President of the United States offering a
    view on a matter or a case that’s under investigation, when that
    President is of the same party as the subject of the investigation
    and working for her election, would tend to cast doubt in
    reasonable people’s minds about whether the investigation had
    been conducted and completed fairly, competently, and

    Mr. Gowdy. So, if it doesn’t rise to the level of
    obstruction, how would you characterize the Chief Executive
    saying that the target of an investigation that was ongoing
    simply made a mistake and lacked the requisite criminal intent?

    Mr. Comey. It would concern me. It concerns me whenever
    the Chief Executive comments on pending criminal investigations,
    something we see a lot today, which is why it concerned me when
    President Obama did it.

    Mr. Gowdy. Well, it concerns me too, Director Comey. I’m
    also concerned that people treat similarly situated people the
    same. And did you make a memo after President Obama said she
    made a mistake and lacked the requisite criminal intent?

    Mr. Comey. He said that on FOX News.

    Mr. Gowdy. Right.

    Mr. Comey. I did not make a memo about the FOX News

    Mr. Gowdy. Did you have a meeting with your investigative
    team to make sure that they were not in any way impacted by what
    he said?

    Mr. Comey. No.

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  29. TestName7 says:

    If it was up to me I would swipe everything off the table, request my congressmen to stop this pursuit as they seem incapable, and demand a vote on border wall funding. I would make them focus on something of consequence.

    A vote would be of consequence. Remove all but one thing to curry focus.

    When someone is incapable and blurry I would remove distractions for them.

    But if u all say this is helpful then let us await December 17th and the new year.


  30. trumpsbamagirl says:

    In addition to the number of “I don’t recall” answers, the number of times he uses “heck” is just as ridiculous.

    What a douche.

    Liked by 1 person

  31. Blind no longer says:

    To put this in terms everybody with an IQ of 50 can understand-Comey- I ran a Dept that I knew nothing about..I had no clue what was going on..My names Bennett and I ain’t in it!

    Burn it all down to the ground! They are all arrogant, corrupt POS! It can’t be saved! A den of vipers, liars and leakers, the very soul of the Deep State! Comey is a POS along with the rest of them!

    Liked by 1 person

  32. i'm just sayin'.. says:

    I think he’s trying to establish an insanity defence for himself…..

    Liked by 1 person

  33. gsonFIT says:

    Can you imagine a meeting in corporate America that went down like that. Nothing would ever get done.

    Liked by 1 person

  34. Zorro says:

    Comey might not be the “sharpest knife in the drawer”.


    • Zorro says:

      From John Solomon,

      “Inside the FBI, ignorance is not a substitute for competence. Nor is the expression of moral superiority a substitute for lawfulness. And unverified dossiers are not an acceptable form of verified evidence in a FISA submission.

      James Comey’s performance Friday – and his expected return for more testimony in coming days – is a not-so-subtle reminder of the ignominy accrued on his watch as the FBI leader.

      To adapt the figure of speech in Comey’s own tweet, there is growing evidence that the FBI may have been run by a team of dull butter-knives at a moment in history when razor-sharp leadership was needed.”


  35. dogsmaw says:

    I’m watching this now:


  36. Just started reading the transcript, the comments, some of the first analysis. Can’t wait to read Sundance’s summation. What really kills me is that this hearing absolutely nailed Comey to the cross and they got him dead to rights.

    Yet we all know that the MSM and legacy media will continue to attack or President Trump and his team like nothing ever happened. Instead, all we read about, including on Drudge, is that POTUS is going to be indicted!! Even Andy McCarthy has an article out today on the topic. Really WTF?

    What the hell is it going to take for the Demonics and their Media Masters to ADMIT THE TRUTH?

    There is now a mountain of accumulated evidence that should have been used to put these bastards away for the rest of their miserable lives, yet I have a sinking feeling that is never going to happen. Once Again the Repubs blew it.


  37. Tina says:

    I love you free Tv.

    Help us in Sweden, we are devestade as a nation like as our people.
    Love from Sveden!!!


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